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POP Editorial: Anthony Weiner–Was That Really Necessary…? Why Our Sights Should Be Elsewhere

Yes, over the last three weeks, “Weinergate” has become a huge distraction from the real issues that this country has to face. But this is nowhere near the first sex scandal in politics, and definitely not the worst.

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On June 16, 2011, after more than a dozen years in political office, Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress amidst his sexting scandal.

Just shortly after 2:30pm, Weiner walked into the conference room, bombarded by flashbulbs ready to catch the last few moments in a shamed politician’s career.  He took the microphone, looked out at his constituents, and announced that while he is proud of his upbringing and career, his recent situation has become too big a distraction for the city of New York.

Yes, over the last three weeks, “Weinergate” has become a huge distraction from the real issues that this country has to face.  But this is nowhere near the first sex scandal in politics, and definitely not the worst.  Look at the competition:

Sen. Larry Craig – arrested at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport after propositioning an undercover cop in a bathroom stall.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer – After years of fighting New York prostitution, was found to have at least seven or eight liaisons with prostitutes over six months.  Resigned.

John Ensign – Paid people off to cover an extramarital affair with campaign staffer.  Resigned.

Jim McGreevey – extramarital affair with another man.  Resigned.

Mark Sanford – abandoned office and family for a week when he flew to Argentina for his “soul mate”.  Office said he went “hiking on the Appalachian Trail”.

Bill Clintonextramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.  Lied under oath.  Still considered by many to be our last great president.

John Edwards – extramarital affair and had a child out of wedlock, all while wife was battling cancer.  Resigned, and indicted on six felony charges

Arnold Schwarzenegger – extramarital affair with a housekeeper, led to a child out of wedlock, just five days after his youngest was born.

And remember, these are only a few sex scandals amidst the rest and all the other non-political sex scandals (Charles Rangel).  What I ask is, is a sexting and Twitter scandal anywhere near as bad, and does it deserve this level of punishment?

We elect politicians based on the sole fact that we believe they will do right by us.  They will represent our little corner of the country with all the passion that we should have, because they are, in a perfect world, the perfect versions of ourselves that we want to be.

A Pew Research Poll says that a 57%-majority feel elected officials get caught more often while cheating not because of lower moral standards, but because they are under greater scrutiny.  What we don’t realize is that politicians, just like all of us, are human.  And I think what hurt us the most is seeing someone that should have been a piece of gold have his own cracks

Let’s be clear: at the time of this writing, Anthony Weiner never had a physical extramarital affair.  He sent a few messages that helped him entertain the notion (like many gentlemen would in his position) that he, as a good looking Congressman, could get any girl he wanted.

Sexting, sadly, has become a way of life not just for Weiner, but society.  That’s what Donald Trump, who said Weiner was a “psycho” with a “deathwish”, while trying to hold tight his 15 minutes of political fame (and frankly, coming off more like Spencer and Heidi Pratt than a respected real estate mogul), and Weiner’s girls’ (also grasping their mere 5 minutes…) fail to realize.  We constantly hear news reports of teen and adult sexting and sending pictures.  It’s a side of a person only a few see, and I could only imagine how humiliating it is to have that side exposed.

If you look at Anthony Weiner’s record, the man came up through public schools and worked his butt off to make something of himself.  Maybe he was extreme (pushing his staff to the point that he “presided over more turnover than any other member of the New York House delegation in the last six years”), but he fought for his beliefs, including the now famous ripping apart of Republicans over the 9/11 Health Bill.  Yes, Weiner was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  His first instinct was to say no, and he went with it.  When he was found out, he took responsibility, and was up at that podium for 20 minutes taking every question because he knew we, as his state, deserved answers.

Again, this is a country where Political men have propositioned other men in public bathrooms and had a child out of wedlock while their wife was battling cancer.  This is a country where there are so many other politicians legitimately destroying Main Street while helping big banks, and we never hear of them because they’re too old to know how to use Twitter even if they wanted a sex scandal.  Weiner didn’t pay off anyone, or abandon his office for a week.  Yes, he was humiliated, we will look at him differently, and I can’t even imagine the pain he caused his wife, but let him deal with that trouble at home.  Shouldn’t we be going after bigger fish?  We should be talking about health care, jobs, and the Middle East.  But let’s be honest…“Weiner’s Weiner” and the circus clown known as Andrew Breitbart (who rivals the city of Cleveland for the “Most Bitter” award…seriously, dude, move on), is so much more fun.

By the way, anybody on the East Coast paying attention to Arnold or John Edwards anymore?  Exactly…

Even with his unorthodox ways, at the core, Anthony Weiner cared about this state.  A NY1-Marist poll in Weiner’s district found 56 percent of registered voters didn’t want Weiner to quit.  But maybe it was necessary for the Democratic Party to get back to work.  And when he came out just shortly after 2:30pm to a sea of flashbulbs, we did not see a dog with his tail between his legs.  Even in the face of a heckler shouting some of the most disgusting things spoken at a press conference, Weiner kept his composure (earning exactly the opposite of what the heckler wanted to give him: respect and dignity).  We did not see the last moments of a shamed politician’s career, but a man standing tall, admitting his faults, and telling his state that he will be back.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

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You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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Can’t Go Out? Here’s Six Ways You Can See The World Right From Your Very Own Home

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Turns out there are plenty of ways to beat the boredom blues!

Countries around the world are being asked to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most businesses, attractions, theaters and museums have been closed down to help prevent the spread of the virus. Just last night here in the U.S., it was announced that the self-quarantine guidelines are to remain in place until April 30th of this year. Another month at home doesn’t have to mean another month of carb-loading and channel flipping though! There are actually quite a few ways to keep your brain stimulated during these unprecedented, sedentary times. Below you will find six ways to experience the world from your very own house…and don’t worry, I wouldn’t put anything on this list that would require changing out of your comfy sweats.

Virtually experience the happiest place on Earth.

Safe to say we can all use a little happiness during these troubling times so why not turn to the home of happiness itself, DisneyWorld. YouTube channel, Virtual Disney World, offers dozens of 360 degree videos that allow you to virtually experience DisneyWorld attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas and more. These videos are fully immersive meaning you simply pan your VR-headset, phone or tablet in any direction to experience all of the excitement happening around you. Now, you can relive the magic you’ve loved your whole life anytime from anywhere! *Giant turkey leg smell not included….unless you’re actually cooking turkey legs while watching these videos, in which case I applaud your commitment.

Tour a national park on Google Earth.

Take a hike…well sort of. Hiking is a fun activity that can be done alone or with very few others, remember we are in socially distant times, but making your way to a trail might be a challenge these days. Public transportation schedules have been drastically altered and even if they weren’t, a crowded train or a bus just sounds like the breeding ground for some heinous germs right now. You could try to carpool but again…germs! You can avoid any viral risk by simply checking out one of the 30+ virtual hikes on Google Earth. Last year, Google Earth released virtual tours of some of the most beautiful parks in the country. Grand Canyon National Park, Redwood National Park, Everglades National Park and so many others are featured in this exciting experience. On your “hike” you will see some of the most breathtaking trails and views these parks have to offer. Best part? You don’t need bug spray.

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Check out some of NYC’s finest street art.

It’s hard to feel particularly cultured when you’re wiping the crumbs from your second lunch off your overly worn pajamas. With that being said, we should not let our love for the arts fade like our flannels have. Instead, check out some of New York’s coolest street art via Google Arts and Culture. Their online experience 9 Amazing Street Art Murals In New York provides a fully immersive, virtual tour of some amazing art. In this tour you will see stunning artwork from prolific artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Keith Haring, Banksy and more. No need for a MetroCard to see these murals which is great because now you can put that $2.75 towards your next Seamless order.

Sing along while streaming your favorite Broadway shows.

Broadway has taught us all how defy gravity but now it’s helping us defy boredom too! Theater has been the perfect vehicle for escapism since it’s inception and now you can escape without even leaving your home! BroadwayHD is a streaming service that began broadcasting beloved Broadway shows back in 2015. With over 300 shows in their catalog, you can belt along to all of your favorite shows without having to worry about being escorted out of a theater. The platform is currently offering a free 7-day trial along with a very affordable $8.99/month plan. A one-year subscription is still cheaper than tickets to just one broadway show!

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Virtually wander through some of the most impressive museums.

Staring at the same four walls of your apartment for weeks on end definitely won’t keep your mind stimulated, trust me I know. Combat the brain laze by learning about some of the world’s most fascinating arts and histories. Many of the world’s finest museums are offering virtual tours that provide users with a fully immersive experience. Never made it to that dream trip to Paris? Tour the Lourve from your couch! Embarrassed by how out of breath you were when you finally climbed all of those stairs getting into The Met? Skip the stairs and see it all online! Never perfected that English accent? That’s ok, no one will hear you on this virtual tour of The National Gallery in London! There are dozens of museums providing these tours and you can find most of them through a quick internet search. I listed a few below because this is the most brain stimulation I plan on having today.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Musei Vaticani, Vatican City

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Natural History Museum, London

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Go to a house party.

NOT LITERALLY!!! We all know with the social distancing guidelines the last thing we should do is host a house party. To remedy our social urges is the new digital platform called HouseParty, which allows users to throw virtual parties with their friends. Like on many other live-streaming apps, HouseParty allows you and your friends to simultaneously FaceTime. What makes this app special, however, is its gaming feature. With HouseParty you and your friends can choose from a variety of party games to play all while maintaining a safe distance. The app is available for iOS, Android, macOS, and Chrome and is truly putting a new twist on classic pajama parties.

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Be sure to try something new today otherwise you might just go crazy. We are living in unprecedented times so we might as well try some unprecedented ways of entertaining ourselves. Stay safe out there and stay socially distant…only physically of course!

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AWWW: A Rescue Team Of 9 Was Needed To Rescue 1 Adorably Chubby Rat

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Over in Bensheim, Germany a rotund rodent got herself into a jam when she tried to squeeze through a hole of a manhole cover only to get stuck…and honestly, I can relate. When I was 8 years old I tried to squeeze my thunder-thighs-in-training into a children’s swing and it took my dad and three other grown men to get me out. I am the German fat-rat!

Volunteer firefighters were called when a young girl noticed the fat rat was stuck and no time was wasted to help the poor critter. Eight firefighters and at least one animal rescuer appeared on the scene to safely extract the chubby critter. Animal rescuer Michael Sehr told BBC “She had a lot of winter flab and was stuck fast at her hip. There was no going forward or back.” When asked why anyone would even want to save something so many are repulsed by Sehr said “Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect.”

Alls well that ends well! Hopefully no authorites will be needed to help me shimmy out of these skinny jeans I thought looked cute this morning…in the meantime, check out the entire rescue below!

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